My new baby niece is scheduled to arrive in this world tomorrow!! I'm so excited to have a teeny tiny baby in the family again for many reasons, but top among them is the excuse to sew adorable little clothes. Of course I'm also completely excited for my sister's expanding family and all that other awesome stuff, including the idea of getting to know a brand new person, and smelling the sweet baby smell on the top of her little head. But, well, sewing tiny clothes is pretty fun, too, right?!
My daughter and I found this cute infant-sized embroidered and smocked top on sale, but we couldn't find any bottoms to go with it. So I made these little bitty blue jeans. Okay, they're not really technically jeans. I used denim-colored linen/cotton (not actual denim) and I didn't add pockets or any type of "jean" detailing. They kind of look like jeans, though, because of the color and texture, so that's what I'm calling them. I designed the appliqued knee patches to go with the embroidery motif of the top, but I also wanted it to be simple and graphic, 'cause that's kind of my sewing style. Hopefully the knee patches are where her actual knees will be -- hard to tell without her here to try them on!
Fabric: Essex yarn dyed linen/cotton in Denim
Pattern: Basic newborn pant pattern and tutorial from Made by Rae.
And I made this dress. I had been toying with different fabrics from my stash for the dress, then I found this orange print from Denyse Schmidt's DS Quilts collection at Joann's. I like the retro feel and the soft orange color of the print. It just blows me away that there will soon be this tiny, fragile and amazing person who will (hopefully) be able to fit into this dress. (I can't quite seem to remember when my kids where that small anymore!) It has an applique of an asterisk because I like that symbol... and it's part of my business name... and, well, I couldn't really think of anything else except a bird or a butterfly, and those just didn't seem quite right to me.
Fabric: an orange print from the DS Quilts collection (There's no specific print name on the selvage and I couldn't even find an image on Google in order to identify it.)
Pattern: Infant peasant dress pattern and tutorial from Sew Much Ado.
I'll be sending these off later this week. Welcome to the world, little girl! I can't wait to meet you.